Saint Arnold Texas Wheat | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold Texas WheatSaint Arnold Texas Wheat

Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: Kristalweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAngel on 07-13-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of brentk56
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrives with a clear golden color topped by a modest head that quickly becomes a ringlet while leaving a few strands of lace behind

Smell: Bready aroma with hints of grain

Taste: Bready, up front, with a rough grainy aspect arriving by mid-palate; after the swallow, the breadiness returns and, in a twist, the finish has some toffee sweetness

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Refreshing and light; clearly a different twist on the style

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Photo of mothman
2.49/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Brewery into pint glass.

Pours 1 finger of off-white head. Color is a slightly hazed pale yellow (I guess this one is filtered). Decent retention.

Aroma: Smells like a macro. Corn and grain. Wheat is light. Very light fruit notes.

Taste: A little more wheat flavors here, but still bready and with grains. Light fruitness. Oranges stick out a bit. Kind of bland.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth. Lighter to medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry, somewhat clean.

Overall, not a very good wheat. Tasted more like an American macro lager. Pretty boring. I would rather go with another wheat.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear gold with 3 fingers of foamy brite-white head that fizzles down pretty quickly into a thin filmy layer, leaving some spotty lace back. The aroma has a good bit of sweet wheat notes mixing in with citric character to really impart a pronounced tang to the nose. Light spice and floral hops pull up the back of this bouquet, adding a touch of zing to the proceedings.

The taste is similar, being sweet and a touch fruity, with a blend of wheat and citrus, as well as a moderate hit of hop bitterness to help pull things back. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied with a bit of a creamy feel to the carbonation up front but then thickens up a bit towards the back of swallow. Overall, this is pretty crisp and clean in the mouth.

This was decent. Solid wheat tones here that were well balanced by some equally solid hop character. Good crisp nature and the lower ABV guarantees some easy drinkibility. Another well done brew from St. Arnold.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from breity, so a big Thank You goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale yellow color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, wheat, bananas and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is decently balanced with flavors of wheat, some fruit and some spice up front. There's a little bit of breadiness and a little bit of sweetness. There's a mild hops presence and a light but hearty malt character. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, very mild kick, good representation of style, this is nice lighter beer to pound down several of but I didn't find as flavorful as I would like, which is why it wouldn't be one of my first choices.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy, golden body with an inch of fizzy, white head.

Smell: Soft, supple wheat aroma with support, though mild notes of spice and watered down lemon juice. Floral hops also bring a vague, distant hint of pine needles.

Taste: Malted wheat with a touch of graininess to it and a light overall sweetness. Floral hop character, though, as with the nose, there's that far off touch of pine. Mild bitterness. The lemons finally make an appearance near the end. Even in the crisp, dry finish you still can't shake that grain flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-high, somewhat spritzy carbonation.

Drinkability: A very bare bones, no thrills wheat ale, but it serves its purpose as a highly drinkable, simple brew with an appealingly low ABV percentage.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Texas is a state of mind. Texas is an obsession. Above all, Texas is a nation in every sense of the word. A Texan outside of Texas is a foreigner".

--John Steinbeck

Medium maize with weak lemonade edges. Nothing but a few lines of bubbles is present to disturb the kristal clear calmness of the beer. The three finger cap is cumulus cloud white and looks good in all ways that matter. I'm not sure what else one could want or expect from a kristalweizen.

Beer of this style often struggles on the olfactory front. The typical fruit and spice of the hefeweizen yeast strain can't help but be muted since the beer, by definition, is filtered. None of that matters because this ale uses a kolsch yeast. In the end, Texas Wheat smells like untoasted wheat and is just a touch lemony. Not bad.

Grain is the unchallenged focal point of the flavor profile. If you like grain-flavored beer then you'll like Texas Wheat. I do, on both counts. There's nothing real exciting here... just good, honest, clean, fresh, no frills barley and wheat. Actually, Perle and Liberty hops add just enough flavor-bitterness to sneak in another dimension. There may be a few twists of lemon peel as well.

The mouthfeel is closer to medium than light. The additional heft allows the flavor to linger longer on the taste buds, which is a good thing in this case.

Saint Arnold Texas Wheat isn't likely to impress any craft beer lover with its magnificence. Then again, it wasn't designed to do so. It was designed to be a high-quality, basic ale that beats America's best selling lagers at their own game. Mission accomplished. Under the cap... 'The end is beer'.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

light and bright. Golden yellow in color with a nice fizzy white head of foam, quick fade left a nice broken crown and a bit of side glass lace. The aroma is light, small hints of grain and light bread malts, a touch of light yeast coming through and a noticeable light hop note. The flavor though is a bit too light, thin with a shallow aftertaste

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this bottled a little more than I did on-tap at the brewery. It seems a little fuller and more complex this time around. Appearance is golden-orange, with average head. Aroma is of wheat, and a little bit of lemon and malts. Taste is initially wheaty with a malty finish with a strong hint of lemon. Lingering sweetness in the very end. This is very good for an evening of beering, seems I like Saint Arnold beers better in a bottle than on-tap at their brewery.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Extra in a recent trade, low priority want but I do love me some wheat beers, thanks!

Beer is CLEAR! I didn't know it was a krystalweiss when I was pouring it, I thought "This had better be a kristalweiss." Yellow to orange. No real head, carbonation low, this style should be 3 - 4 volumes of carb, missing out on the appearance. Looks OK.

Sweet, slightly grainy aroma. I don't smell many esters. Oh no, am I going to like this beer?

Beer is medium to light in body. Aftertaste of grains. Not a lot of forward sweetness or back bitterness. Definitely no banana or clove flavors. Second taste, there is some carbonation in the mouth but not much. The aftertaste wasn't as bad that time. I'm not enjoying this beer. Sorry, I'm kind of a German-style ale guy so I know what I'm talking about when I say this is close to the worst kristalweiss I've had. Its more like a Kolsch...

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Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from the Central Market in Dallas. Pours a clear gold with white lacing.

This is just a simple American wheat beer. None of the Geran weizen characteristics, but clean, bready wheat malt flavors like Widmer hefe. There's also a pleasant touch of caramel on top of the whole-wheat-like grains (the aroma even reminds me of bread crust) and no real appearance of hops. Not a lot is going on, but this beer could hit the spot of on a hot day and certainly isn't dull.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to armock for this one.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hop, and some spice. The taste is sweet, malty, slightly hoppy, with spice. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice one.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the brewery.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is about what you would expect, with a lot of wheat as well as some lemony and orange notes. The flavor is a lot of wheat with some lemon. Not very complex, but fairly refreshing. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, perhaps a hint of hazy, full gold color and is topped by a frothy pale white head. The aroma has notes of sweet grain, a hint of spicy hops and a dab of zesty lemon; really the aroma is all around quite faint. The taste is light on the palate with a surprising amount of malty sweetness, that is so apparent because there is nothing really to balance it in this beer. This beer is nice and refreshing and is quite easily quaffed on a hot summer evening. There is a bit of herbal, spicy hop character here in the middle and finish of this beer that is pleasant and it is joined by a soft fruitiness reminiscent of apricots and peaches. Overall this is a simple brew, yet still entirely pleasing and I would definitely grab this one again, but I don't live in Texas so I guess I won't.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a trade from JDV (thanks Deniz). "Worts 2 live by" on bottle cap.

Served in my Harpoon IPA glass. Poured a tawny gold color. Good clarity with lots of effervescence. Fluffy two-inch white head dissipated into a thin, inconsistent skim of foam within about a minute. Scent of wheat and yeast. Taste similar to nose. Flavors are consistent with style, and seems like a winner; however, finish is somewhat bland and lacking in any real depth or complexity. Nice lively mouthfeel, low abv and clean finish makes this a pretty quaffable summer brew, but somewhat lacking in flavor. Perhaps a wedge of lemon would help enhance the overall experience

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Photo of champ103
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden/yellow. A good two finger white head forms and gently recedes to leave a bit of lace.
S: Some funky and doughy yeast aromas. A touch of light fruitiness.
T: Sweet yeast flavors. Some biscuit and doughy malts with some spiciness. Again, a touch of banana and clove.
M/D: A very clean and light bodied beer. Dry and a little thin. Very easy and smooth to drink. A good wheat beer for the hot Texas summers.

Not bad at all. A nice quaffable and refreshing beer for the summer.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.93/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle without a freshness date. Not exactly crystal clear, but plenty more so than a regular hefe. Large, fluffy white foam that is always nice to see on a wheat beer. This one fades a bit faster than average and leaves some spotty lacing.

Nose is kind of a crossbreed of a wiezen and an American wheat. Mostly wheat tangy aroma with the slightest bit of cloves and bubblegum. Not much banana. A bit of sweet grains there as well, but this is a far cry from Weihenstephaner Kristalweissbier.

Taste falls along the same line with a bit more sweetness than I expected and an earthy, biscuit malt presence that seems a bit out of place too. SA Texas Wheat cannot decide if it wants to go German or American wheat and ends of falling short on both accounts. It is still fairly drinkable and I will not have much trouble finishing off my sixer, but I was hoping for a bit more from a kristalweizen. I have had it more than a few times at the brewery and now I remember why it has taken me so long to getting around to reviewing this one.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a dark gold color with a thin off-white head. Very light lacing. The aroma is faintly hopped with some apricot and malt thrown in. Light-bodied and easy to drink. The flavor is mildly wheaty, along with a bit of hops to give it a small bite. The finish is lightly bitter and sparkly. Overall this beer is not very complex at all but I found myself enjoying it a bit.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue XI:

Saint Arnold gives a different twist to the Kristalweizen by fermenting it with a Kolsch yeast strain rather than the traditional clovey-banana German Wheat beer strain, not unlike a handful of brewers in Germany.

A tiny-bubbled white head forms from a somewhat lively carbonation. Clear golden-straw color. Bready, doughy and biscuity aroma emanates from the malt. The yeast drops a note of lilac smell, mingling well with the herbal hops in the nose. Big smoothness up front, with more than enough crispness to bring the drinkability to life. Both barley malt and wheat malt go back and forth on the taste buds with suggestions of a fresh baguette to more of a light cracker flavor. Clean palate, for the most part, the yeast does give a unique flowery flavor throughout, hop bitterness jumps in to help balance and leaves a faint herbal/leafy taste. Finishes dry with a long linger of fresh grain on the tongue.

Very refreshing to break away from the usual clovey-banana combo, and this, without a doubt, more flavorful than your typical American Wheat Ale. An easy pick for a session beer, but bold enough to pair with a hearty fish or even a pork loin.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance - a hazy straw color with a thin cap of white watery suds. Pretty hefty bead coming up from the bottom.

Aroma - standard grain, slightly sweet with yeast.

Taste - decent wheat flavor, a touch of sweetness that is right where I think it should be. The carbonation and maybe a breath of hops provide a little balance on the swallow, though not much is really required. Tasty finish, slightly sweet with a touch of tart.

Mouthfeel - crisp, light, and though this was served quite cold, it was absolutely refreshing.

Drinkability - not the most flavorful beer, but an ideal thirst quencher. Thanks to BGThang for the bottle.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale gold color, with a head that fades within seconds. Aroma is very grainy, somewhat sweet. Decent malt flavor up front, with a good deal of wheat flavor; bitterness is moderate with no taste of hops; no yeast character at all. Very clean finish. Thinnish body. Needs more carbonation.

Completely run-of-the-mill American wheat (not a krystalweizen apart from being filtered).

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Photo of Pegasus
3.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy golden color, with a moderate white head, scattered patchy lacing, and very slight carbonation.

Aroma: Bready, slighty spicey aroma dominates, hop presence is ghostly, if present at all.

Taste: Opens with a classically tart wheat note, midway through there is a mild, but solid herbal hop note, finishes with a mildly bitter note.

Mouth feel: Soft, pleasant, fairly full.

Drinkability/notes: Unassuming, but eminently drinkable, a quintessential summer beer, well worth a try.

Presentation: Packaged in a short twelve-ounce bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of kmpitz2
2.88/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours bright yellow color with a finger of head that falls to ring the beer. The nose is not all that great. I would like to see some hints of lemony citrus and banana and clove in a kristal weizen. This one is all grain, and smells harsh and not tasty. The flavor is just as grainey as the nose. I really really REALLY don't like the wheat malt without a hefe yeast. It just doesn't cut the mustard. It leaves weay too much of the grain flavor that dominates and drowns out any other flavors that may be there. The feel is moderate, which is a little redeaming. Overall, I think this is a beer that is really in the wrong category. I think the American Wheat category is a bastardization of what a wheat beer should be. At least there is a nice moderate, bordering on thick, feel. Man. I get too worked up over this wheat beer thing.

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Photo of mcallister
3.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale hay colored with a white thick head. No lace and highly carbonated.

Very wheaty with hints of citrusy fruit. A musty aroma seems to lie over the top of this. Hard too really pull anything out seperately.

Sweet sugar cane flavors with a nice wheaty creamy mid palate. Citrus notes are hidden but add to the beer nicely. Good balance and easy too drink. A beer better than the reviews indicate.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Inspection: Brown 12 oz. twisty, “made only with the finest malt, hops, yeast and water”. Only other useful information is that Saint Arnold lived from 580-640 A.D. Classic St. Arnold, the neck label is askew.

Aroma: Wet grain with a perfumed note containing hops and yeast. Very mild aroma.

Appearance: Poured with a solid white head but it died back to a thin medium bubbled cover that left the slightest trails of short lived lace. Glass is a very clear pale gold with slow rising fine bubbles.

Flavor: The graininess comes through in the flavor with a very mild hop level. Hops are somewhere between peppery and citric.

Mouthfeel: Medium light body, watery texture, good carbonation level.

Overall Impression: I pretty sure this is a re-branding of the Kristall Weizen. The Weizen doesn’t show up in their lineup on the webpage, and this one does, AND it tastes just like the Weizen, which in my book is a shame. The re-labeling would have been an excellent time to tweak the recipe a bit to bring out a little more character. I’m thinking a yeast change to bring out a little more bubble gum or a dash of some spice would give this beer a little character. As it stands, there just isn’t a lot to love here. It’s clean, nothing “wrong” with this; it’s just that there is nothing “special” about it. Still my least favorite St. Arnold

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright medium gold color, cyrstal clear (so the name isn't trying to be clever...). Fulffy white head with fairly good retention. Smell is very light and crips, maybe some cotton candy sweetness, and light hops. Taste is very malt intensive, slightly grassy and has a definite metallic twang to it. Not huge amount of hops on the backside. Decent beer, probably great for a hot summer's day in the Texas heat, not in a Minnesota winter. Thanks to assurbanipaul for the sample.

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Saint Arnold Texas Wheat from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
3.36 out of 5 based on 143 ratings.
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